2007 Brancaia Tre Toscana (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1053895

93 points Wine Spectator and ranked #10 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "There's wonderful intensity of fruit in this wine, with crushed raspberry and blackberry and hints of coffee and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, soft-textured finish that shows loads of fruit. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2010." (10/09) " This is just another super wine from the bountiful 2007 vintage in Tuscany! Full of vibrant, bold fruit, layers of chocolaty richness, just the slightest hints of toasty vanilla and coffee all while being extraordinarily well balanced. Another wow classic from ‹ber-Winemaker Carlo Ferrini, one of Tuscany's best consulting enologists. The "Tre" stands for the three different estates where these grapes come from two in Chianti. Brancaia "Castellina" & Poppi "Radda" and one from Brancaia in Maremma, in the southern portion of coastal Tuscany. "Tre" is predominantly sangiovese with a bit of merlot and cabernet sauvignon." Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian buyer -- this wine is due in late Spring 2010.

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 By: Michael Berry |  Review Date: 11/4/2010 
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A wonderful Tuscan blend, strong black fruit presence but not sweet or overpowering, and balanced with a nice tannic finish. I've only got one bottle left and hope to pick up a few more as I anticipate this one will get better with a little more bottle aging, though its very good right now.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany